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Loaded Gun, The


Published 1958


Two boys in cowboy outfits find a loaded gun and struggle over possession of it. An adult takes it away from them and fires it into the air.
Some great POV driving shots.
A tire blowout and woman driver with daughter lose control of car (great accident sequence).
Other good shots to be logged.
Boy on bicycle loses control, falls onto street; approaching car is able to stop in time.


Advertising film for the General Dual 90 tire; VS 1950s cars on highways; great POV shots from inside car; great footage of tire durability tests with air pressure and exploding tires.

02:49:51:12 CU disembodied hand turns key in lock of wood dresser drawer; door opens to a hand gun resting on a blue colored shirt; title credit appears over gun in drawer “the Loaded Gun”; little boy in cowboy hat pulls gun out of drawer, looks at it in awe, pointing it at another boy dressed as a cowboy in red bandana, other boy tries to take the gun away; man grabs gun from boy, gun is fired off in the air; boys run away from man with gun. Man holding guns says “Scene like that does things to your stomach doesn’t it. Because it can and does happen. ‘I didn’t know the gun was loaded.’ How often have you heard that expression. How man heart breaking tragedies do you suppose it has caused; man puts gun back in dresser drawer and locks door.

02:51:43:13 Pan down surreal composition of road railing with blown tires leaned against as it, to man in suit talking about tires as the cause of accidents.

02:52:31:18 POV shot behind driver’s seat looking out front window of car on highway.

02:52:42:25 VS from camera attached to outside of backseat window in car on busy road.

02:52:57:07 Back of stop sign, camera pans down to 1950s car driving past stop sign with stopping; POV shot behind steering wheel in car, car enters frame and nearly hits the car; CU man’s face as he slams the breaks and closes his eyes.

02:53:07:21 Shot from inside car on city freeway; shot dissolves to POV shot from car on country highway.

02:53:17:04 CU 1950s black and white car tired on freeway, car tire blows; POV shot from inside car turning car off road into grass center divider then back into oncoming traffic; CU mother grabs daughter; windshield is smashed; CU arm of woman with red wristwatch on falls to pavement.

02:54:33:25 Salesman in grey suit in advertising set, walks up to display with four black and white shiny tires and red fabric; CU new tire on gold display stand, clock in top right corner of frame reads 10:06

02:54:48:23 Woman in red dress wearing black gloves sits in new tire, tire swing, in surreal advertising set with painted cutout of tree behind her.

02:55:30:05 CU car drives over wood frame with dozens of nails pointing up out of it.

02:55:44:25 Boy on bicycle makes right turn on wet street, skids and falls.

02:55:51:25 POV shot from front of car approaching child fallen on street from bike accident, as car gets close child gets up and looks at camera holding head; POV shot from child on street as car bumper stops just in front of him.

02:56:29:07 CU air pressure meter, arrow on gauge moves from 0 to 200.

02:56:41:18 Arrow on air pressure gauge goes up to 300; tire labeled B explodes on dirt road.

02:56:48:13 CU hand turns handle of air valve and arrow on gauge increases; tire labeled C explodes; CU disembodied hand turns handle, LS tire explodes into the air; CU arrow moves up of gauge to 400, tired labeled General Dual 90 doesn’t explode.

02:57:37:22 POV shot from inside car on highway.


Producer Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor General Tire & Rubber Co.
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

Narrator: Frank Blair ("noted news commentator").

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